A lawsuit brought by retired Little Chute Area School District teachers and the state’s largest teachers’ union has moved to appellate court.
The educators and the Wisconsin Education Association Council argue the school district violated a 2012 collective bargaining agreement when it eliminated a long-term care benefit. The benefit paid for a portion of nursing home stays for employees. It cost the district $72,000 annually. Employees contributed $700 each year to the plan.
The board voted to eliminate the plan in 2013 and put the money back into its general fund. WEAC and the educators filed the lawsuit in 2014.
The school district claims it upheld its end of the contract and was fully within its rights to stop offering the benefit. In June, Outagamie County Judge Mark McGinnis ruled in favor of the school district, paving the way for an appeal.
On the merits of the case, I suspect that the union is going to lose this one. But what struck me was this part:
It cost the district $72,000 annually. Employees contributed $700 each year to the plan.
What a benefit! These kinds of deals is why Act 10 was needed. Only in an environment where the deck is stacked for one side can such things occur.